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Comment: both solutions are unacceptable (Score 1) 479 479

This is one of the most lame-brained ideas I have ever heard. Even the two solutions offered by Microsoft are unacceptable. It needs to either default to "OFF" or be removed from Windows. This is an epic privacy and security failure in the making. I cannot believe a sane engineer came up with this it had to be a marketing drone with zero clues.

Comment: Hypersonic Missiles vs ICBMs (Score 1) 365 365

In regards to Keck's first postulate, that hypersonic missiles travel faster than current missiles (read ICBMs) it is simply untrue. Even the long obsolete Minuteman II missiles were capable of achieving escape velocity, something that a hypersonic missile has yet to demonstrate. Regarding his second postulate that they possess greater maneuverability than what the current defense systems are designed to destroy, that is also suspect. Even ICBMs were capable of mid-course maneuvering, and as above, no hypersonic missile has demonstrated any capacity for "evasive maneuvering"...yet.

Comment: Ubuntu is (could be) an illegal trademark (Score 1) 259 259

From Wikipedia: "Ubuntu (/ubntu/ oo-buun-too; Zulu/Xhosa pronunciation: [ùúntú]) is a Nguni Bantu term (literally, "human-ness"") roughly translating to "human kindness"; in Southern Africa (South Africa and Zimbabwe), it has come to be used as a term for a kind of humanist philosophy, ethic or ideology, also known as Ubuntuism or Hunhuism (the latter after the corresponding Shona term) propagated in the Africanization (transition to majority rule) process of these countries during the 1980s and 1990s." As such, Canonical itself is on shaky ground as this could be construed as violating clause "C) Terms that Disparage, Falsely Suggest a Connection with, or Bring a Person, Institution, Belief or National Symbol into Contempt or Disrepute" of USPTO regulations.

Comment: Answer (Score 3, Insightful) 337 337

Try Second Life...it is a multi-user virtual environment with all the trappings of social media. However, it is an environment created by the users. You can do *anything* there, and I do mean anything, up to and including virtual sex if that is your bent. Extremely rich, immersive and even addictive (of course), virtual marriages have occurred there that led to real life marriages...and divorces.

Comment: Analog vs Digital (Score 1) 141 141

Truly this isnt very surprising. Analog computing has been around a lot longer than digital and for certain things is far superior (read faster). Forcing things into a digital mold just "because" is a terrible mistake. Certain pieces of military hardware that I used to work with were analog and probably still are, it gives a "good enough" answer and does it orders of magnitude faster than equivalent digital devices.

Comment: Re:Printable version - All on one page (Score 1) 394 394

Second the motion... And to further exacerbate the problem, "managers" only count dollars they can see, as in wages. So paying a skilled programmer that has "already been there done that, not going to make those mistakes again", is out of the question. Not saying there aren't good programmers coming out of school, but they haven't learned some of the basics of programming no matter how hard their teachers may have tried to drill it in. I have been a "hacker" since the 80s and still remember the console message from the IT manager "shut your program down, you're killing the mainframe..." This still happens every day to lots of new programmers while the experienced, skilled programmers become consultants called in only at the last minute to solve the problems caused by aforesaid manager for obscene amounts of money....wait what am I complaining about, I are one of those!

Comment: Congressmen and the Constitution (Score 1) 300 300

'...the First Amendment was not intended as a shield for those who steal, irrespective of the means.' Let us try this again...the First Amendment makes no mention of stealing or being a shield for those who steal. It is quite simple really, CONGRESS (emphasis mine) shall make no law....the rest is pretty straightforward. I would venture that the honourable Congressman Leahy needs to be recalled by his constituents since he obviously has NO clue as to the meaning of the Constitution and therefore cannot be entrusted to represent the great state of Delaware adequately. As for Mr Pisano, well look here the pot is calling the kettle black.....

Comment: Five times the US almost (not) nuked itself (Score 1) 384 384

Sorry folks, but "nuking" oneself is not as easy as this article tries to make it sound. If you define "nuking" as meaning setting off a Nuclear explosion rather than just making a radioactive mess of the area. All these accidents would never have resulted in the detonation of a nuclear device. At the very worst, detonating the conventional explosions by ANY method except the devices triggering mechanism would simply scatter radioactive debris for a few hundred yards. It is HARD to create a nuclear explosion. If it was as easy as this author tries to have you believe, Iran would have had the bomb in 1969.....

Comment: Re:Sony Playstation Phone = No Sale (Score 1) 182 182

Yes, actually I do. My comment was meant to point out that by buying this product and thereby accepting Sony's assertion of rights over something that is "yours" we are encouraging the demise of our rights by establishing precedent. If your "need" for that console is so great that you are willing to bargain away your ownership of said property then when they decide they also own your television, your microwave and your car... Well, just remember, I told you so.

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